A growing collection of in-depth interviews with people of all ages and backgrounds, whose stories about the legacy and changing nature of Yiddish language and culture offer a rich and complex chronicle of Jewish identity.
Life as a "Wunderkind"
Cantor Moshe Kraus, Holocaust survivor and first chief cantor of the Israel Defense Forces, describes his life as a well-known child singer, who traveled all over Europe singing for Jews and non-Jews alike.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Moshe Kraus.
This excerpt is in Yiddish.
Other video highlights from this oral history
Life as a "Wunderkind"2 minutes 17 seconds
"Last Night I Walked in Heaven" A Hasidic Folk Tale8 minutes 24 seconds
I Sang Professionally Into My Nineties1 minute 34 seconds
A Hasidic Folktale About A Graveside Miracle2 minutes 3 seconds
I Proposed After Half An Hour: Meeting and Marrying My Wife4 minutes 16 seconds
Surviving Kristallnacht in Vienna1 minute 20 seconds
Studying Music in Vienna with Joseph Schmidt's Teacher1 minute 47 seconds
How Singing for Josef Kramer in Bergen-Belsen Saved My Life3 minutes 40 seconds
How a Nign is Born1 minute 56 seconds
'Keyn Kotsk Furt Men Nit' - Lyrics Explained1 minute 29 seconds
Sharing Meals with the Needy in Interwar Užgorod3 minutes 41 seconds
How Synagogues have Changed1 minute 56 seconds
The Role of Yiddish Today1 minute 26 seconds
'A Sweet Mouth": They Came to Me For Blessings Because of My Grandfather, Kerestirer Rebbe1 minute 53 seconds
About the Wexler Oral History Project
Since 2010, the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project has recorded more than 500 in-depth video interviews that provide a deeper understanding of the Jewish experience and the legacy and changing nature of Yiddish language and culture.
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